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Cordoba set to sign Glory deal
Cordoba set to sign Glory deal

Argentinian playmaker Matias Cordoba will arrive in WA tomorrow to complete a medical with Perth Glory and is expected to sign a short-term contract in coming days.

But Cordoba, 28, won't be available to bolster Glory's attacking stocks in the clash with Brisbane Roar at nib Stadium tomorrow night.

Glory coach Ian Ferguson is facing a potential personnel crisis and could be forced to throw young defender Jack Clisby in at the deep end, with first-choice centre-halves Bas van den Brink and Michael Thwaite both battling calf injuries.

Versatile defender Steve Pantelidis has been cleared to play despite pulling up sore from last week's game, but right-back Josh Risdon will serve a one-game suspension after being sent off during the 1-0 loss to Melbourne Victory last Saturday night.

Liam Miller is also suspended after accumulating five yellow cards for the season and star striker Shane Smeltz is struggling with a groin injury.

Smeltz did not complete training yesterday, but is expected to play.

Meanwhile, former Glory coach Mich d'Avray is keen to return to the club he led to two National Soccer League championships before the formation of the A-League in 2005.

Though originally from South Africa, d'Avray's family is based in Perth and he considers the city his home.

He works as the technical director at Bloemfontein Celtic in South Africa's Premier Soccer League, but returns to Perth at least twice a year.

D'Avray took over from Bernd Stange as Glory coach in 2001 and led the club to three consecutive grand finals in the final years of the NSL, winning successive championships in 2003-04.

When asked during an interview with Football West TV this week if he had any interest in returning to Glory, d'Avray said: "I haven't heard any plans and it depends what role I come back in. But in answer to the question; yes."

Glory have been without a director of football since former Socceroo Dave Mitchell was dumped following a review of the club's operations in March 2011.

D'Avray had previously filled the role for a short time during the inaugural 2005-06 A-League season before then-owner Nick Tana ended a decade at the helm and Football Federation Australia took over the running of the club.

D'Avray said Glory could benefit from reintroducing a director of football position.

However, it would seem unlikely given current owner Tony Sage's recent cuts.

"I haven't heard any plans and it depends what role I come back in."" *Mich d'Avray *on rejoining the club

The West Australian

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